|Carol Phillips, and the North Shore Surf Girls are the best surf instructors on Oahu! I have taken several lessons from Carol, and I feel like I've known her forever. Carol has so much knowledge and expertise, and she is a fantastic teacher. If you are looking for a surf instructor, don't go to Waikiki. The North Shore is so much more peaceful and relaxed. The beaches that Carol teaches at are soooo much better for the beginning surfer. And don't worry, she won't take you to surf Pipeline in the winter on your first time out. There are some great spots that aren't too big all year round.
I have also taken lessons at a popular company that gives larger group lessons. The difference between Carol's lesson and the other guy's was night and day. I felt like the other guy was like a tourist attraction, there only to push people on surf boards all day long. You can tell that Carol is out to share her love of surfing and the North Shore with you. She actually teaches you where the waves are breaking and why, where the "channel" is to paddle out more easily, how to fall safely, and so much more.
A lesson with Carol is a must if you are on Oahu! You won't regret it, in fact it will probably be the best money you spent on you whole vacation!